Easter, this changes everything Pt 4. (John 20:1-18)

 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;  John 20:8

Our Lord and Savior spent His last hours leading up to the cross pouring Himself into His disciples.  Each of the disciples must have been in mental and spiritual overload mode.  The passage before us moves beyond the cross and brings us face to face with the empty tomb.

The first people to hear the news of the empty tomb were the women who came to care for His body.  When they hear the news, they run to Peter and John who in turn run back to the tomb.  But there is something we cannot miss here.  What was their report to the disciples?  Look at it again: “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

Wow, these ladies were struggling to believe.

Notice Peter and John coming to the tomb.  John looks in and Peter goes in.  What does the Bible record here, “John believed.” 

You might be thinking, I thought they all believed?  Yes, they would each come to believe, but in this moment the agony of the cross was consuming their faith.

Three moments of truth flow through my heart in this moment:

  • Sorrow can cloud our faith.  These followers were so consumed by this that they forgot the Lord’s prophecy of the resurrection.
  • Shame complicates our faith. Peter had openly denied the Lord and now it was complicating what should have been a moment of great joy.
  • Only our Savior can clarify faith.  Jesus reveals Himself to Mary and then to the others.  Her words of testimony say it all, “I have seen the Lord.”

As we come to Easter, do you need clarity in your life?  If so, allow the risen Lord to show you the way.  Here are some amazing words of prophecy Jesus gave before the cross and they are amazing words fulfilled after the cross:

16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.”19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. John 16:16-23

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